Burdened by charges of treason and sedition, former Biden handler Anita Dunn tried without success to paint herself as a “peripheral” player in the Obama/Biden political landscape, saying that although she had advised the administration on myriad domestic issues, she had never committed or endorsed criminal activity either alone or as part of a team with administration officials. Any evidence to the contrary, she said during an opening statement, was wholly fabricated.
Her testimonial, however, did not impress Rear Adm. Darse E. Crandall, who arrived at GITMO’s south courtroom only hours after overseeing the execution of Gavin Newsom. Dressed in a starched uniform bristling with ribbons, he made it known that deception would not be tolerated in his court.
“Mrs. Dunn, I must admit, I find your statement somewhat amusing. That chair you’re sitting in—every person to have sat there before you have professed innocence, knowing full well they wouldn’t be sitting there if we didn’t have damn compelling evidence against them. And faced with the fact they will likely get sentenced to death for their crimes, they still say ‘it wasn’t me’ or ‘I was just following orders’ rather than confess and possibly receive a sentence other than death. It boggles the mind,” Rear Adm. Crandall said.
He continued, “Rather than highlight your lengthy history of criminal transgressions dating back to the Obama years and dragging this out indefinitely, we’ll focus on present day. We have evidence proving that you, on behalf of the administration, and Dr. Fauci met several times to arbitrarily discuss how many booster shots people would need each year. That you, a person with no medical credentials, wantonly and whimsically came up with the number 6 after Fauci, who we’ll see soon enough, said 4. We know you’ve profited from vaccine sales. We can prove you were the middleman acting as a go-between during the initial phase of the pandemic, advising Newsom, Cuomo, and Whitmer on how to shutter their states’ businesses and bankrupt economies so citizens would be dependent on federal assistance. Even your husband is here today to testify against you.”
Spousal testimonial privilege, Dunn argued, precluded her spouse, Bob Bauer, from testifying against her. “You can’t compel Bob to incriminate me,” she said.
Rear Adm. Crandall reminded her that a military commission is not bound by the same judicial restraints that govern civil criminal proceedings. Moreover, he said JAG had not compelled Bauer to say anything, for he was a cooperating witness.
Dunn started to crack. Her lower lip trembled and tears streamed down her face. For a moment it seemed as though she might spill the beans, confess everything, but her tears evaporated and any hint of sadness or remorse vanished from a suddenly indifferent face.
“No, no, no, you will not intimidate me,” Dunn said. “I know my right; I won’t cooperate with this abomination you call a tribunal.”
“So be it,” Rear Adm. Crandall said, a trace of exasperation in his voice. “This panel will hear what your husband has to say tomorrow morning. I promise you this, Mrs. Dunn, your fate will be decided tomorrow.”
He put the tribunal in recess until Tuesday morning.